CEDAR RAPIDS - When the new Linn County Regional Center for Kirkwood Community College opens in the coming months, for-credit classes will move to that facility from the Kirkwood Resource Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.
While for-credit classes will move from the Resource Center in August, the GED and Adult Basic Education programs will remain at that downtown site at 1030 5th Ave. SE, officials said.
The Linn County Regional Center "will have so many more services and so much more access to a wide variety of classrooms and laboratory space for students," said Kathy Kaiser, executive director of communications and marketing for Kirkwood.
Credit classes now offered at the downtown Resource Center will remain there through Aug. 17, she said.
The Linn County Regional Center will open at 1770 Boyson Road in Hiawatha with limited classes beginning May 14. The entire facility will be up and running in the fall when remodeling is done.
The credit programs now offered at the downtown Resource Center site and at a site in Marion will be consolidated at the new Linn County Regional Center. The Kirkwood location in Marion was sold to the Marion school district.
About 800 students take for-credit classes at the downtown Resource Center each semester. That number includes students in the accelerated classes for working adults, said Bill Lamb, vice president for academic affairs.
The Linn County Regional Center, at about 97,000 square feet, will be similar to other Kirkwood regional centers in offering a range of programs for high school students, college credit courses and adult learners.